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George Scott won 8 Gold Gloves in a 14 year career, third only to Keith Hernandez with 11 and Don Mattingly with 9. He placed 4th all-time with assists for a 1st baseman to Eddie Murray, Hernandez and Mark Grace who had 21 years, 17 and 16 in the big leagues, respectively.

How he got his nickname, the Boomer: he hit many monster shots in his 14 year ML career, several that hit various points of the back wall – dead center – behind the seating of the Fenway bleachers; but none matched the clouts of April 26, 1966 off of Whitey Ford of the Yankees, and eight days later against Larry Sherry of the Tigers, in his rookie year. The one off Ford is considered one of the longest HRs ever hit in Yankee Stadium at 505 feet. The one off Sherry in Tiger Stadium was estimated at 510 feet. Like in the days when Jim Rice was launching monster shots of his own, we as fans anxiously awaited the next day to see what George Scott was going to do. Was there any limit to his power, we wondered?

George Charles Scott, Jr. (born March 23, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1966-71, 1977-79), Milwaukee Brewers (1972-76), Kansas City Royals (1979) and New York Yankees (1979). He batted and threw right-handed.

In 1965, he was the Eastern League triple crown winner, leading the league in home runs, RBIs, and batting average. Scott was a three-time All-Star in the American League in 1966, 1975 and 1977, starting the 1966 Mid-Summer Classic and homering in 1977. Scott hit over 20 home runs six times in his career, tying Reggie Jackson for the American League lead in 1975 with a career-high 36 and pacing the league in RBI that same season with 109. Known for his glovework at first base, Scott was awarded the Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence in the American League during eight seasons (1967-68 and 1971-1976).

In a 14-season career, Scott posted a .268 batting average with 271 home runs (which he called “taters”) and 1051 RBI in 2034 games. His nickname was ‘Boomer’ and he called his glove “black beauty.” George was well-known for having a good sense of humor. He wore a necklace which he once identified to a reporter as being composed of “the second baseman’s teeth”. To compliment his unique attire, George also was known for wearing a batting helmet while fielding at first base due to an experience he had with a fan throwing hard objects at him once during a road game.

Despite his successful career, Scott’s 1968 season was noted by ESPN as one of the worst offensive performances ever, especially for a first baseman.

George is the father of three sons, Dion, George III and Brian. His grandson Deion Williams is an outstanding 2011 prospect. He is a 6’3 180 pound shortstop at Redan High School, the alma mater of such major leaguer as Brandon Phillips, Wally Joyner, Everett Stull and Milt Hill and 19 former and current minor leaguers.

Source: Wikipedia